Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bested tea party challenger Matt Bevin to win the Republican nomination Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, according to the Associated Press.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes won the Democratic primary. She and McConnell will face off in the general election in November. Grimes was long considered the front-runner. She represents one of Democrats’ best hopes in picking up a Republican Senate seat.
McConnell congratulated Bevin on a “hard-fought campaign” and called on Kentucky Republicans to unite.
“This race has always been much bigger than one candidate,” McConnell said in his victory speech. “It’s about the kind of state we want. It’s about the kind of country we want. It’s about restoring America. And it starts tonight.”[msnbc]